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TripIt Travel Organizer - Free review

TripIt Travel Organizer - Free checks your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails and adds maps and weather reports to them, creating a handy itinerary you can access online as well as offline, sync with your calendar, and easily check on any computer or device. The app also lets you add and edit trips manually, but doing this feels a little awkward.

TripIt Travel Organizer - Free installs quickly and requires little setup. The grayscale interface looks drab and isn't optimized to take advantage of the screen space, but remains usable, nevertheless. While this app lets you … Read more

Field Trip review

Field Trip sends you notifications whenever you're near something of interest, whether you're wandering around your hometown or exploring a new city. If you're interested in the history of an area or just want to find a great local restaurant, this app has the information you're looking for.

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Multiple sources: This app uses multiple and varied sources to provide you with information about everything from historical sites to restaurants and entertainment. You can read Zagat reviews of area restaurants, or learn about the architecture of the buildings in your neighborhood from multiple industry Web sites.… Read more

Where should CNET Road Trip go in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas?

The days are warm and sunny here in Northern California, and though it's only the middle of March, it already feels like summer is just around the corner.

One reason is that I've started the planning in earnest for Road Trip 2014, my ninth-annual journey to highlight some of the best destinations around for technology, military, aviation, architecture, science, nature, and so on.

For seven of the past eight years, CNET Road Trip has taken me all around the roads of the United States, giving me the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the … Read more

Where should CNET Road Trip go in Texas?

Summer seems far, far off, but here in Northern California, with rain finally making a small dent in our worst-ever drought, it nevertheless is already starting to feel like it's around the corner.

Perhaps that's because I've just begun my planning for Road Trip 2014, my ninth-annual journey to highlight some of the best destinations around for technology, military, aviation, architecture, science, nature, and so on.

For seven of the past eight years, CNET Road Trip has taken me all around the roads of the United States, giving me the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the … Read more

Trip Hawkins' new game focuses on social emotional learning (podcast)

When Trip Hawkins left Apple to start Electronic Arts in 1982, he wanted to make the type of games that he and other young adult males liked to play. Thirty-one years and four children later, Hawkins interests have changed. He still wants to build games, but he's aiming them at young children in the hopes of helping them develop social and emotional skills.

In an interview (scroll down to listen), Hawkins said he learned about social emotional learning (SEL) from his own children. "I learned about it because almost two decades ago my oldest child stared attending on … Read more

Google's Field Trip app brings Red Hook to life

Until this past weekend, I knew two main things about Red Hook: that it was a long way from Brooklyn Heights riding a bike with a flat tire and that Ikea is there. These two things were linked.

But unsuccessful shopping trips aside, there is a lot this little-known part of Brooklyn has to offer. This is why the second Field Trip Day decided to celebrate this burgeoning little neighborhood with its diverse history and even more diverse population.

From dodgy reenactments to wine tasting to street buskers, the afternoon was packed with stuff to do, and Field Trip Day highlighted the area to good effect.… Read more

Google Glass finds fellow traveler in Field Trip

Self-guided smartphone tours just got a lot more hands-free, as the Field Trip app that overlays interesting and cool facts about your immediate surroundings scoots over to Google Glass.

Already on Android and iOS, Field Trip's Glassware app offers a stripped-down version of the app, but with the benefit of freeing you from having to look at your phone.

"If you've ever tried to use your smartphone with a group of people, it's socially awkward," said John Hanke, who runs Niantic, the quasi-independent shop inside Google that builds Field Trip. "Or with my kids,&… Read more

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Road Trip 2013 comes to an end

Some people on the West or East coasts may call the American Midwest the "flyover states," but after driving more than 5,200 miles around eight states in the heartland this summer, I can definitely say I got to know the region intimately.

As part of CNET Road Trip 2013, I drove deep into eight states in the region over the last month-and-a-half, exploring Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri in search of technology, architecture, aviation, and manufacturing stories.

Over the course of the 5,200 miles, I stayed in 24 different cities and made … Read more

How Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin survived murder, fires, constant change

SPRING GREEN, Wis. -- Is it possible for a masterwork of architecture to be best known for a grisly murder?

In the case of Taliesin, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's longtime home, the answer may well be yes.

In 1911, Wright built a stunning home on a terrific piece of land with a steep drop on one side and a gentle descent on the other. He built it for Mamah Borthwick, a client's wife with whom he had fallen in love. Needing to escape Oak Park, Ill., where he had lived and worked, but where the client lived, he … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/11: What is this?

Update (Monday, 11:29 a.m. PT): The answer to Sunday's challenge -- which 361 people got right -- is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Thanks to all who played Sunday, and to everyone who played throughout the seven weeks of the 2013 CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge. Please come back for the 2014 Challenge, which should begin sometime next June.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

For the last seven weeks, I'… Read more